The NFL action doesn’t subside at the halfway point in the season. Minnesota travels to Chicago after having won 6 out of its last 7 games. Could rival Chicago take down the surprise team in the NFC North division?
In one of the other upsets, the NFC North leaders, undefeated Green Bay, faces off against undefeated Denver on the road. The other upset pick once again involves New England. The Pats were desperately close to losing its first game of the season to the Jets in Week 7. What surprises lurk in Week 8?
What: Minnesota Vikings (4-2) at Chicago Bears (2-4)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Chicago, IL
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: 54° F | Light Rain
Spread: Vikings -2
Moneyline: Minnesota -133 vs Chicago +113
Game Total: 42
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Minnesota vs Chicago
Analysis: Minnesota has been as solid of a team this season as any in the NFC. The Vikings have added a deep threat passing attack led by QB Teddy Bridgewater to WR Stefon Diggs to its already formidable rushing attack led by former MVP Adrian Peterson.
If the defense holds up, the Vikings are good enough to make waves in the NFC Playoffs. In fact, they could be the third best or even second best team after Green Bay and possibly Atlanta. That’s how much Minnesota has improved.
But every team in the NFL eventually stumbles and it looks like Minnesota might stumble in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears. The Bears don’t have much talent on the D. With that being written, new Coach John Fox has at least managed to get the defense into the Top 10 in yards allowed per game at 344.8.
Really hoping we get at least a few games of White/Perriman late this season. https://t.co/nHfPvQehVJ
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 23, 2015
Offensively, Chicago can put up points especially since WR Alshon Jeffery is healthy. Minnesota has been playing very well. Chicago is desperate for a win. The Vikings are due for a letdown and the Bears are the team to give them that letdown.
What: Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New England Patriots (6-0)
When: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Foxboro, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Weather: 69° F | Tons of Rain
Spread: Patriots -7.5
Moneyline: Miami +190 vs New England -230
Game Total: 51
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Miami vs New England
Analysis: The Patriots did what they always do. They shut off the other team’s top weapon on offense and Tom Brady lets the game come to him. The Jets had the lead in most of last Sunday’s battle until Brady, patiently, waited for things to turn around for the Pats offense.
Defensively, New England held the Jets to 89 yards rushing, well below NYJ’s average of 146 per game. But things might be tougher for the Pats versus the Dolphins in this matchup.
Yes, the Fins have looked great putting a beat down on Tennessee and Houston in their last 2 games. New England presents a different beast to conquer. Miami is averaging 117.5 yards on the ground and 248.5 through the air on offense.
QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 6 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions along with completing 75% of his passes against Tennessee and 94.7% of his passes against Houston in the Fins’ last 2 games. Miami all the way.
What: Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Denver Browns (6-0)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Weather: 65° F | Passing Clouds
Spread: Packers -2.5
Moneyline: Green Bay -150 vs Denver +130
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Green Bay vs Denver
Analysis: With Peyton Manning’s issues, Denver certainly doesn’t look like they’ll be able to beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night. The Packers are excellent on offense and appear set to make a Super Bowl run.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 27, 2015
But, Denver’s defense is ranked first in the NFL against the pass. Teams average 192 yards per game via the pass against Denver’s solid D. Teams rush for only 89.2 yards against the Broncos and Denver’s D is allowing only 17 points per game.
Why not take the home team getting plus odds on the moneyline? Even if Peyton is only half as effective as San Diego’s Phillip Rivers was against Green Bay’s defense, Rivers threw for 488 yards, the Broncos should win because of their stellar defense.